Vegan Intermittent Fasting

What is Vegan Intermittent Fasting (VIF)?

Put simply, intermittent is a weight loss method that revolves around fasting at certain parts of the day/week.

VIF = Super Diet


In other words, for certain periods of time, you will fast (i.e. eat nothing or very little) until your eating window comes around again.

16:8 Method: Basically you eat solely during an 8-hour eating window and fast for the remaining 16 hours. You exclude breakfast completely in the mornings, only having water or fruit juice instead.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

​1. Helps you lose weight

VIF diet can aid weight loss and help to build a muscle tone body.

Experts are still debating exactly how intermittent fasting allows you to lose weight – some think it’s just because you consume less fat and kcals overall, while some think it has more to do with the restricted eating times.

2. Improves mood and focus

VIF diet boosts the production of BDNF, a protein in your brain linked to improved mood and cognition, by 50-400%.

3. Reduces the risk of diseases

Among other health benefits, there is evidence to suggest that VIF diet could help to reduce the future risk of various diseases, assuming that dieters eat good food and follow a relatively healthy lifestyle.

4. Increases energy and endurance

Evidence has shown that VIF diet boosts mitochondrial biogenesis, meaning that your cells create more mitochondria. 

Now we don’t have time to launch into a biology lesson here, but suffice it to say that mitochondria give your body’s cells more energy, hence giving you more energy as a person made up of said cells.

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5. May help increase lifespan

The smart people over at Harvard University recently discovered that intermittent fasting could help to increase your lifespan due to some very complex science stuff that we mere mortals cannot understand.

If you’ve not taken care of your body as well as you should have, perhaps it’s time to try a vegan intermittent fasting diet plan.

Successful VIF diet relies on discipline and preparedness. It’s important to fill your eating time-frame with nutritional, balanced, and filling foods.

Filling foods generally have higher amounts of protein, fiber, and water, and low energy density. Prepare for your VIF diet by consuming meals that are high in these ingredients and always make sure to drink lots of water.

VIF diet will take your mind and body to new level of fitness and help to focus and strengthen your own inner Zen.

Spirituality & Veganism

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for following and sharing my blogs.

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I’d like to share with you my thoughts on the association of Spirituality and Veganism, I am a spiritualist by choice and fully respect all notions of other spiritual or non-spiritual beliefs.

Which leads me to write to you about my analysis of the pathways that link Spirituality and Veganism, the two of which combine to form a profound personal state of ‘Mindfulness’, in which we are connected within the present world and time by our mind, body, and soul.

This experience and awareness are not the same for everybody and to some extent may not make sense to your logic, however, if you are willing and patient the experience and personal unfoldment can be achieved.

To understand this, Spirituality (Mindfulness) essentially is gaining a better and full control of our ‘Superego’ state. We all have this inner part to us, as explained by Sigmund Freud, this develops from birth into childhood and then in adulthood, it solidifies.

How does this relate to Veganism?.

Well, our need for meat or dairy is driven by ‘our ‘Superego’ state, which is to rule over animals and have the ultimate power of killing to consume, it’s not our Spirituality or bodies needing to fulfill this urge it is our primitive Superego state.,

Essentially and it is quite simple, embracing our Spirituality draws us back to our pure soul state, where Earth foods produced from the soil is eaten. This is where our ‘Superego’ cannot hold its power and control us to kill and consume meat.

Entering this state of Spirituality (‘Mindfulness) through Veganism is a powerful and lasting experience and one that is felt within a short time, you will re-evaluate and take control over your ‘Superego’. Setting yourself free from the limits of confirming to the liberation of your spiritual self and understanding.

Being mindful gives you confidence in knowing you have control over your body, mind, and soul, plus what you consume. In other words, you are experiencing your true self.

One final thought for you, when mankind was first established on Earth the average life expectancy as it is written was over 600 years old, the reason?

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Why is Veganism so Hard?

It’s like Marmite, the journey of a Vegan to other people.

People say to me why have I given up juicy meats and delicious dairy foods for vegetables and Tofu instead? Then the next quick questions which follow:, has Doctor told you to change your diet? or are you Ill?..lol

My answer is the usual, ‘No’ I am fully healthy, this is just my personal challenge. Then the look of weirdo follows..lol

So why is Veganism so hard for others to see or try?

Well, it’s the breaking away from the norm and expectations that society has made us become, where the food we eat must have been reared in a cage, slaughtered and then cooked.

Whilst exposing our bodies to countless man-made chemicals.

The key to me succeeding my own challenge and beyond my three-month target is knowing that I am making myself fitter, healthier and taking away profits from the meat and dairy factories.

Otherwise, I’d be eating this:

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5K Vegan Runner

Hi Everyone,

I have achieved another of my personal challenges this week since becoming Vegan three months ago.

I have completed two 5K runs! I have never been a distance runner ever but I have found new energy levels since I change my diet.

I’ll be going for another 5K run next week and my target time is 25 min, it might take a couple more runs mind you.

It feels really great being Vegan!

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I’ve Done It!!!

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I never thought it possible but today I have reached the third month of my personal Vegan Challenge and I feel GREAT!

Yesterday, I went to Vegan Chinese restaurant (Loving Hut) in Archway with the family, it was so tasty and no joke my Vegan fish and chips were bang-on just like the real thing!

My Son had a Vegan beef burger and for a Nine-year-old to rave afterward that he could not tell it wasn’t meat says a lot.

I am happy to continue my  Vegan journey and looking forward to sharing my adventures as a ‘New World Vegan’.

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Why is Veganism so Hard?

It’s like Marmite, the journey of a Vegan to other people.

People say to me why have I given up juicy meats and delicious dairy foods for vegetables and Tofu instead? Then the next quick questions which follow:, has Doctor told you to change your diet? or are you Ill?..lol

My answer is the usual, ‘No’ I am fully healthy, this is just my personal challenge. Then the look of weirdo follows..lol

So why is Veganism so hard for others to see or try?

Well, it’s the breaking away from the norm and expectations that society has made us become, where the food we eat must have been reared in a cage, slaughtered and then cooked.

Whilst exposing our bodies to countless man-made chemicals.

The key to me succeeding my own challenge and beyond my three-month target is knowing that I am making myself fitter, healthier and taking away profits from the meat and dairy factories.

Otherwise, I’d be eating this:

pill burger

VEGAN CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER RICE KRISPIE TREATS – Only Four Ingredients!

Hi Everyone,

I thought I’d share with you my favourite Vegan sweet snack, top tip add popping candy onto the chocolate at the end!!

Easy 4-Ingredient vegan chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats. These crunchy rice krispie treats are super quick and easy to make and smothered in vegan dark chocolate.


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups (105g) Rice Krispies*
  • 1/3 cup (83g) Creamy Salted Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) Golden Syrup or Brown Rice Syrup
  • 10.5oz (300g) Vegan Chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Measure the rice krispies out into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Line a square dish with parchment paper.
  3. Add the syrup and peanut butter to a saucepan and heat together stirring all the time until it has just started to bubble a little. At this point immediately remove from the heat and pour over the rice krispies. Stir in until all the rice krispies are covered.
  4. Spoon this out into your parchment lined dish and smooth down as best you can. Place into the fridge to set.
  5. When it has set, prepare your chocolate topping. Break up the chocolate and place into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals bringing out to stir every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted. Spoon this out on top of the rice krispie base and spread it out evenly.
  6. Add popping candy on top of the chocolate
  7. Return to the fridge to set. When set, lift the entire thing out with the parchment paper and cut into squares. Enjoy!Rice-Krispie-Treats-4

Veganism can Save our Planet

It’s not a myth, everything done to our planet due to heavy farming or deforestation slowly takes away our planet resources and directly will affect generations to come.

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Here are some simple facts as to how Veganism can save our planet!

A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

The World Health Organization just released a report further outlining the increased risks of colorectal cancer from regular red meat and processed meat consumption. This is on top of existing concerns about heart disease, stroke, and other health complications.

The most common critique I’ve heard leveled against veganism is that it forces you to retire your taste buds and your free time: because meat is superior in taste and is easier to make.

While taste is subjective and a lot of people “need” their chicken wings on Sunday, I’d argue that the aversion to veganism is based more on cultural education than on actual comparisons.

Nutrition and Veganism

Its Month 2 of my Vegan journey and I am feeling good!

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Now there are important points to note with a vegan diet and that is getting the full spectrum of dietary essentials, certainly having balanced meals with vegetables, beans, Tofu, Lentils, Rice, Pasta, etc. will help but having the right quantities is also important.

Therefore, I have realised that supplementing the Vegan diet is important so as not to miss any daily essential Vitamins, minerals and Proteins.

For example:

  • Sweet potato, carrots, cos and romaine lettuce, peppers – contain Vitamin A: (RDA: 5000iu)
  • Spinach, red and green peppers, oranges, broccoli, red cabbage – contain Vitamin C (RDA: 500-3000mg)
  • Portobello mushrooms, almond milk, tofu – contain Vitamin D: (RDA: 1000-3000iu)
  • Chilli, paprika, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin, butternut squash – contain Vitamin E: (RDA: 20mg)
  • Kale, spinach, broccoli, chard – contain Vitamin K: (RDA: 80ug)
  • Vitamin B12 supplement, Marmite – for Vitamin B12 – (RDA: 2.4mcg)
  • Pistachio nuts, bananas, spinach, sunflower seeds – contain Vitamin B6: (RDA: 2mg)
  • Udo’s oil, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, hemp seeds, chia seeds, kale, tofu, edamame, avocado, sesame, tahini, walnuts, raw olive oil, coconut oil – for Fats (RDA: 500mg)
  • Watercress, curly kale, Chinese cabbage (pak choi), green/red cabbage, broccoli, green snap beans – for Calcium: (RDA: 700-1500mg)
  • Wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, cashews nuts, pine nuts, cocoa powder, hazelnuts, pecans – contain Zinc (RDA: 15mg).

Read more: http://metro.co.uk/2016/04/06/the-best-vegan-diet-while-training-stay-nourished-and-hit-your-macros-5798342/?ito=cbshare

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Vegans do live longer!

As I continue my journey into month two of my Vegan challenge, I must say I still feel positive and committed. I think KFC running out of chicken has helped me..lol

I have found some more interesting information regarding the benefits of Veganism and its that you actually live longer compared to a meat/dairy eater. As I’ve said, it’s not the meat or dairy that’s the problem but the other killer-chemicals which are added in the manufacturing process.

Researchers at Loma Linda University in California have been conducting a study to determine whether  vegans live longer than the rest of the population, and so far, the answer seems to be a resounding “Yes!”

Studies on average, show that Vegan men and women live 9.5 and 6.1 years longer, respectively, than their meat-eating counterparts.

Why is this? Its the harmful chemicals during the manufacturing process for all meat and dairy products.

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